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[Online] Daily Writing in the Spirit of William Stafford: Writing Practice in a Time of Change

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PST December 5 Location: Online


In a time when wars don’t stop, when pandemic strikes, jobs end, climate shifts, and life needs constant reinvention, your daily writing practice can be a way to navigate change and sustain the spirit.

Inspired by the 50-year writing practice of William Stafford, this online workshop will include reading of classic poems and responding to writing prompts designed to deepen your own process for creation.

We will delve into sources for starting, ways of revising, responding to work in progress, and sending forth our testimony to a world hungry for meaning. Open to all levels of experience.

The class will utilize the online platform Zoom, with each of the two days designed as a series of conversations, writing prompts, solo writing time, then sharing and discussion.

Past Participants Have Said:

“Connecting with the Stafford way of writing and viewing the world was so valuable. Working with a supportive, accepting instructor and group of participants restored my enthusiasm about starting a regular writing practice.”

“I appreciated Kim’s inclusiveness, deep knowledge, and writing skills, but mostly his ability to convey to each of us that we are writers.”

Northwest Writing Institute (NWI) classes are offered to teachers, counselors, parents, veterans, and all community members interested in the power of stories to help us understand and practice human connections for the good of all.

Please note: Registration for all online offerings will close one week prior to the workshop/course start date.

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Instructor: Kim Stafford, PhD

Cost: $250, includes 15 PDUs. Lewis & Clark Alumni and Adjunct Faculty save 20%.

Registration for this workshop will close Friday, November 27.

This class is full.  Click to add yourself to the Waitlist.

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

Graduate Continuing Education credit: CELA 830-01, 1 semester hour, $350

Continuing education credit registration form (PDF)

  • *Please note: Completed registration forms containing social security numbers and/or credit card information should not be submitted via email. If you choose to pay by credit card, please mail or fax your registration to the Center for Community Engagement, using the contact information on the right-hand side of this webpage.

Degree-applicable credit: WCM 630-01, 1 semester hour, $875

  • Non-Lewis & Clark students seeking degree-applicable credit, please contact the CCE for more information.

About the Instructor

Kim Stafford is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute which offers courses for teachers and writers, and the author of a dozen books, including 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared. In 2018 he was named by Governor Kate Brown as Oregon’s 9th Poet Laureate, and will tour the state in 2018-2020, offering readings and workshops in schools and libraries to advance literacy and writing.

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